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February 10th, 2011

Snow plow drivers learn from snow storm

February 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton told the Whitley County Council Tuesday his staff went to school in the recent severe snow storm.
“Right off the bat we had two trucks stuck,” said Barton of last week’s storm that gripped much of the Midwest.
“It got a little tense there for a moment with 30 to 40 cars stuck that first night.”
As the snow began to blanket the area, the “essential” personnel from the county and from Columbia City and other outlying towns rolled up sleeves and got to work.

Amber Johnson, 101

February 10, 2011

Amber Ruth (Ruckman) Johnson, 101, passed away Feb. 2, 2011.
She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Johnson; devoted mother of Edgar (Janet) Johnson and C. Warren Johnson; dearest grandmother of David, Jerry, Sally (deceased) and Warren Charles; great-grandmother of Deanna, Joshua, Jacqueline and Samantha; great-great-grandmother of three; and sister of the following deceased: Ford, Harold and Maurice.

Three hurt in crash

February 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Three people were injured Wednesday, one seriously, in a two-vehicle collision north of Columbia City.
Elizabeth Peterson, 18, of Riley Road, Columbia City was airlifted by Parkview Hospital’s Samaritan helicopter following the crash that occurred on state Route 9 and County Road 500 North at about 4 p.m.
Peterson was listed by police as incoherent at the scene with apparent internal injuries. Her condition was unavailable at Parkview today.

February 9th

City seeks residents' help in keeping streets clean

February 9, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Two of Columbia City’s department heads are asking for help from residents to keep the town’s streets safe and clear for the remainder of the winter season.
Tom LaRue, Columbia City’s fire chief said at Tuesday night’s meeting of the town’s Common Council that recent heavy snowfall could have covered fire hydrants.
“If there’s a hydrant that you know of that is buried, we ask that you either uncover it or call the city so someone can come out and uncover it,” LaRue said.

Sailrite to take over Kilgore bldg.

February 9, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A maritime materials company that has strong ties to Whitley County is returning home.
Sailrite Enterprises, Inc. announced Tuesday it would be moving its operations to the former Kilgore, Mfg. building in Gateway Industrial Park.
The company, formerly located in Columbia City, relocated near Merriam, but outgrew that facility, according to Matt Grant, company vice president.
“Kilgore is a big building for us, but we’re going to fill it,” Grant said.
Company president Hallie Grant is spearheading the move, motivated by a personal tie to the area.

Fire Barriers continues to thrive

February 9, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A continuously thriving business in South Whitley got a monetary pat on the back from both the Whitley County Board of Commissioners and the Whitley County Council this week.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the council, Alan Tió, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation appeared before the panel to introduce Zach Kessie of Fire Barriers, a fire-stopping company based in South Whitley.
The company’s appearance before the board was on behalf of a second low-interest loan utilizing CEDIT (County Economic Development Income Tax) funds.

Same name, new face at state

February 9, 2011

   When the Indiana high school swimming state finals get underway Friday in the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI the familiar Richter name will be back in the pool but with a new face.
   Four-time finalist Haley Richter had her time end as a Lady Eagle last season. Following up her big sister, Andrea Richter dove into this season as a freshman with high expectations set on her shoulders.

Audrey Barker, 84

February 9, 2011

Audrey I. Barker, 84, of South Whitley, died at 1:25 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at Peabody Home, North Manchester where she had been a resident since November 2009.
She was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Collamer, a daughter of Reed and Ida Irene (Ribett) Brower. Her formative years were spent in the Collamer area. She graduated from South Whitley High School.
On May 6, 1944 she was united in marriage to Lester Lewis Barker. They made their home on a farm northwest of South Whitley. Mr. Barker died June 4, 1994.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in South Whitley.

Neva Writesel, 92

February 9, 2011

Neva B. Writesel, 92, a native of Noble County and a former resident of Fort Wayne, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.
Born June 1, 1918 in Swan Township in Noble County, she was a daughter of Lodie and Eva Ellen (Richards) Freeman.
She was the widow of Richard C. Writesel
The surviving relatives include a daughter, Brenda Combs; two sisters, Mary Gerber and Laura Shank; and a brother, Wilbur Freeman.

Robert Derosett, 54

February 9, 2011

Robert K. “Bird” Derosett, 54, of Columbia City, died at 6:19 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, 2011 at his home.
He was born March 19, 1956 in Marion, a son of Atwell and Hazel Josephine (Todd) Derosett. His formative years were spent in Bluffton, Churubusco and Blue Lake areas. He completed his education at Churubusco High School.
Surviving relatives include his mother, Hazel Josephine “Jo” Hurt of Columbia City; two children, Sarah Derosett of Fort Wayne and Jeffrey Schutt of Indianapolis.
He was preceded in death by his father and a sister, Priscilla Klingaman.

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